There has been a huge effort to get the California Board of Medicine to rule against doctor who use technicians to do their hair transplants in their surgical centers or their offices. This has been a real problem in the field, as technicians have been hired by doctor to do this surgery so that the doctor can ‘CASH IN” on the huge rise in demand for FUE hair transplants. Many of these doctors are not trained in the field of hair restoration, never did a hair transplant and don’t understand the basics of the anesthesia or the surgery, but driven by a desired to MAKE MONEY, they hire technicians, or companies that supply technicians to do the surgery for them. We have seen terrible complications, including one death in California from a surgery performed by someone who didn’t know what they were doing. Now it is against the law and any doctor doing phantom surgery (many not even in the operating room while the surgery was being done), will be subject to California Board of Medicine legal action and could lose their license to practice medicine. IT WAS ABOUT TIME. Most states follow California on such policy matters so I hope that this ruling will propagate in other states and other countries as well.